Norma Desmond Revisited
Anita Page, probably the last living adult star of Hollywood silent pictures, has died. At her peak in the late 1920s she was second only in popularity to Greta Garbo, and the following video tribute conveys aspects of her appeal.
Page said her refusal to bed studio executives led to her downfall. But reviews of her acting ranged from mediocre to terrible and also paved the way to her decline. Reporters tracked down Page in later years and found a woman who appeared to live mostly in the past. As this creepy story from the London Guardian shows, her life was filled with bizarre hangers on. It also raises doubts about her much-publicized tales of receiving love letters from Benito Mussolini.
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